Designed by Sparkman and Stephens this distinguished ketch was built by Nautor Swan in 1981. She was rebuilt and extended from 76 feet to 80 feet in 1995 with an extensive refit in 2003.
Melinka offers lively sailing and serene on-board comforts for six guests.
The three guest cabins located aft of the saloon have generous twin berths plus ensuite heads with separate showers.
A comfortable dining and sitting area amidships ensures the enjoyment of savoury exotic meals and relaxing moments after a day of swimming and exploring the beautiful destinations Melinka sails to. Casual outside dining for four.
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MELINKA Crew Profile
Captain Forrest Shropshire
Originally from Georgia, Forrest holds a 1600-ton U.S. Coast Guard Open Ocean License, the equivalent of the UK’s 3000- on Master’s License. He has been cruising the waters of the Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast for more than thirty years,and takes great pleasure in showing guests his favorite destinations. An excellent teacher, he will be happy to offer you the helm, explain how celestial navigation works, or show you how to take a sextant reading.
Widely experienced in yachting, Forrest previously managed a small marina and boatyard. He is a PADI open water diver as well as a skilled windsurfer, kayaker, and former water skiing instructor. His dedication to fishing means you are almost guaranteed some fresh mahi mahi or tuna during your cruise.
Chef: Terry Kapusta
Terry is sensitive to guests’ likes and dislikes and enjoys accommodating dietary needs with creativity. She knows she has exceeded expectations when other guests ask for the special dishes she has prepared – vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc. Her menus are always based on the freshest, local market ingredients, what she calls ‘clean & green cuisine.’
Life on the sea gives Terry many chances to pursue her other passions – yoga, preferably on mountain tops, and photography. An avid snorkeler and PADI certified diver, she loves to share her favorite underwater discoveries with guests. Terry is originally from Connecticut.
Mate Jace Hector
A second-generation professional sailor, Jace grew up on the stunning waters that surround his native Antigua, and he loves sharing his local knowledge of the Caribbean islands.A delight to be around, he attends to guests’ needs with exceptional care and graciousness.
Before embarking on a career under sail, Jace worked for several years as a master rigger in boatyards in both Antigua and Maine. When time off allows, he enjoys picking up his racquet for a few games of squash or tennis. Jace always has a smile on his face and his laughter and singing brighten every day on board.
The sailing adventure was fantastic!!
We can't wait for our next adventure!!
You did a GREAT job.
- Charter guests, April 2012
|LENGTH||80ft (24.4m)||BEAM||19ft (5.8m)||DRAFT||9ft 0in (2.7m)|
|YEAR BUILT||1981||BUILDER||Swan||DESIGNER||S & S|
|GUESTS||6||CREW||Captain Forrest Shropshire & Chef Terry Kapusta + 1||REFIT||2003|
|SPEED||8kts / 10kts||STABILISERS||None||FLAG||Virgin Islands (British)|
|ENGINES||Mercedes Benz 200 HP|
MELINKA accommodates 6 guests in 3 en suite cabins.
The master cabin has 2 single beds -- one port, one starboard, plus en suite shower and head. Port and starboard midship guest cabins have upper / lower single beds and ensuite heads and showers.
MELINKA is fully air conditioned through out.
Crew quarters are forward with separate companionway. Crew have own head and shower.
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